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Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary

The average Entry-Level Dental Hygienist earns approximately $30.10 per hour. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists — including $3K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $38K to $82K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Just over two-fifths have medical and dental plans, and a little less than one-fifth have vision insurance. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$29,309 - $69,565
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$29K
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MEDIAN: $48,696
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$20.49 - $39.73
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,309 - $69,565  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,989  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,761  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$38,126 - $82,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 477
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.49 - $39.73  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,989  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,761  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$38,126 - $82,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,808
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Dental Hygienist


Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $37K to just $64K — but Aspen Dental offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $54K.

Pay Difference by Location


Portland offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists, 21 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Dental Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Austin (+19 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and Denver (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 18 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Jacksonville and Atlanta (9 percent less).

Dental Hygienist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Hygienist in Temecula:
"Communication."
The hardest part of dental hygiene is patient communication and diagnosis. The learning curve is about two to three years.

Dental Hygienist in Beaverton:
"Don't Become Complacent."
If you continue to get raises within the first 5-6 years you will hit the ceiling for wages. Doctors typically do not like to give raises beyond a certain point. Negotiate vacation packages and 401K and other benefits to compensate. Consider that you will have a short career working full time. Working as a dental hygienist is an ergonomic nightmare. When you were warned about injuries in college it is no joke. I have been working as a hygienist for 10 years and every senior hygienist that works full time (and does a great job) has some form of work related injury. We do not get scheduled breaks. Consider working part time for career longevity. It's a great occupation, however, very hard on your body. Be proactive in continuing your education after graduation. Everything changes in the medical world. We are always advancing. It is up to us to stay abreast of the latest technology. The doctors will know if you are no longer on board and are stuck in the stone age.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salaries



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National Average
$61,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 267 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 41%